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Can Royal Jelly Be the Key to Stem Cell Therapy?

Can Royal Jelly Be the Key to Stem Cell Therapy?

 

With so many applications for stem cell therapy already in use, it's easy to imagine a day when more illnesses are treated by these powerful little cells. Unfortunately, stem cell therapy has stalled in recent years when many research projects found that mouse cells matured when they were supposed to multiply. But a compound found in something called royal jelly may change all that.

Royal jelly is a product fed to bee larva to help them grow. It is also what determines who is the queen bee in a hive - the bee who eats the most royal jelly grows larger and faster, winning the coveted spot, and the rest, as they say, is bee history. But now, scientists at Stanford are saying that royal jelly may be able to be used for more than just bees - it may hold the key to helping human stem cells multiply instead of mature.

The key is in a biproduct called royalactin, which is found in royal jelly. Stanford researchers discovered that royalactin was able to regenerate cells.

The royalactin (which has now been named Regina, which means queen) is currently being tested for treatment of everything from heart attacks to Alzheimer’s and ulcers. Regina could have broad but vital implications for people undergoing stem cell therapy, as it could vastly improve their treatment if scientists can replicate the cell regeneration effect in humans.

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